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Industry Engagement

Strategic Energy Alliance

As the world undergoes a massive transformation in the way energy is sourced, distributed and used, there are enormous opportunities to innovate and strategically shape the global energy landscape. Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy has launched a new academic-private sector program focused on accelerating the pace of this transformation involving clean energy development, deployment, scale-up and finance. The Strategic Energy Alliance is an exclusive vehicle for large global companies deeply involved in energy to form research and educational relationships with Stanford University. Please contact Richard Sassoon with any questions about the Strategic Energy Alliance.

Affiliates Program

Stanford Energy Corporate Affiliates

Stanford Energy Corporate Affiliates creates a connection between member industrial firms and Stanford University. The program supports advanced research, policy study, outreach, and education across a broad range of issues at the intersection of energy, materials and chemistry, technology, and policy. In addition, it provides a means for member organizations to not only directly support our activities, but to be involved more closely than they could otherwise with Stanford's research activities in these areas.

Research Initiatives

Bits & Watts

The Bits & Watts Initiative focuses on innovations for the 21st century electric grid. Launched in October 2016, the initiative is led by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. Bits & Watts will enable researchers from Stanford to develop a new grid paradigm that incorporates more than 50 percent clean power and distributed energy, while assuring grid reliability, security and affordability. The holistic approach involves engineering, markets, regulations, business models and policy, all working in synch to form a large functional ecosystem. Bits & Watts provides research, education and dialog within the ecosystem that brings together knowledge and expertise to address current and future challenges.

Natural Gas Initiative

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) engages faculty across the university to carry out the many types of research needed to ensure that natural gas is developed and used in ways that are economically, environmentally and societally optimal. The initiative focuses on major advances in natural gas production that have fundamentally changed the energy outlook in the United States and much of the world. NGI is a collaboration between the Precourt Institute for Energy and the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

StorageX Initiative

The Stanford StorageX Initiative brings together Stanford faculty from materials science to computer science to economics to tackle the dominant challenges in energy storage. By addressing gaps between academic and industrial R&D, StorageX aims to accelerate the development and implementation of revolutionary energy storage technologies and concepts.

Sustainable Finance Initiative

The Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) sees the transition to a new economy, defined by the rise of artificial intelligence, globalization and climate change, dramatically impacting financial risk and opportunity, most notably in energy, agriculture and mobility. Building on Stanford’s capacity to generate and apply knowledge, and leveraging faculty, students and the university’s power to convene, SFI will develop innovative policy and finance solutions in collaboration with government and market participants in specific countries and regions with the goal of unlocking capital flows at the speed and scale required to transition toward decarbonization and climate resilience. Please contact Alicia Seiger ( for more information about the Sustainable Finance Initiative.